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East German state premier blames US for solar industry malaise

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2024-02-06 05:30
Saxony prime minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU/EPP) blamed the USA’s ‘protectionism’ against China for the current malaise of European solar manufacturers, arguing that it proves the necessity of an independent trade policy approach towards China. 
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Far-right ID party faces unity test as it scrambles to get a seat at the table

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2024-02-06 05:30
The far-right Identity and Democracy (ID) party, recently plagued by major infighting, is looking to patch up the bonds between its national parties in preparation for a European Parliament that will likely veer to the right following the EU elections.
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Czech media landscape shifts as Babiš’s sells media house

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2024-02-06 05:29
One of the largest publishing houses in the Czech Republic – Mafra – will no longer be owned by the Agrofert holding, whose beneficial owner is former prime minister Andrej Babiš, a positive step for Czech media, David Klimeš, director of the Czech Foundation for Independent Journalism, told Euractiv Czechia.
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France and Germany ‘agree to disagree’ on EU-Mercosur deal

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2024-02-06 05:25
France’s Gabriel Attal was in Berlin on Monday to meet with his German counterpart, Olaf Scholz, to deepen both countries’ ties, but the meeting laid bare deep disagreements on the EU-Mercosur trade deal.
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Critical Medicines Alliance gains momentum under Belgian presidency

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2024-02-06 04:12
Critical medicines are rapidly disappearing from European markets, Belgian Health Minister, Frank Vandenbroucke, told the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI), emphasising the need for urgent action.
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Poland’s health priorities get focused ahead of its 2025 EU presidency

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2024-02-06 03:52
Poland's priorities for its 2025 presidency of the Council of the EU will include the digital transformation of healthcare, the promotion of preventive measures, and addressing healthcare challenges within the context of demographic changes.
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France calls for stronger farmer protections in supply chain negotiations

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-05 18:07
French President Emmanuel Macron has called for greater protections for food producers through a 'European Egalim' law, a reference to French legislation that regulates trade negotiations with supermarkets and manufacturers.
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Sweden’s NATO bid: Orbán’s Fidesz boycots extraordinary parliamentary session

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-05 16:38
Viktor Orbán's ruling Fidesz party boycotted an extraordinary parliamentary session called by the opposition to vote on Sweden's accession to NATO, as the Hungarian prime minister made clear he prefers to impose his own tempo.
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Greens call for tax on windfall food profits to support farmers

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-05 15:51
The Greens in the European Parliament have urged the Commission to take action on agriculture, becoming the latest party seeking to woo farmers ahead of June's EU elections, as a new study confirms the growing grip of Eurosceptic parties on rural areas.
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The Brief – Groundhog Mercosur

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-05 15:20
It’s been 25 years since the four Mercosur nations and the EU vowed to sign a free-trade agreement. Twenty-five years of political to-ing and fro-ing, now compounded with pro-environmental imperatives pushing negotiations to the brink of collapse.
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European farmers’ protest change speed but discontent continues smouldering

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-05 15:01
After weeks of blockades and demonstrations, part of the farmers’ front take a pause, others continue rallying, while several organisations across Europe are calling for further mobilisation in the next weeks.
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EU lawmakers to Amazon lobbyists: ‘We want you out of Parliament’

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-05 14:12
Lobbyists from US tech giant Amazon should have their access badges to the European Parliament revoked “until the company’s management is willing to engage in genuine dialogue with the Parliament,” members of the Parliament's employment committee have written in a letter to the institution's president, Roberta Metsola.
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EU’s chief diplomat Borrell expected to visit Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-05 14:00
EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell confirmed on Monday (5 February) he was heading for Ukraine as he reiterated calls for more aid for the war-torn country.
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French PM Attal survives first vote of no confidence

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-05 12:07
France’s newly appointed prime minister Gabriel Attal unsurprisingly survived his first vote of no confidence on Monday (5 February), filed by all left-wing parties, with 124 votes out of the required 289 – as both the far-right and conservatives did not support the motion.
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Europe’s climate and security goals need an EU Solar Charter [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-05 11:00
Europe is relying on the solar boom to meet energy security goals. But right now, European solar manufacturers are going bankrupt. The sector is calling for immediate and structural support.
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US intending further strikes on Iran-backed groups

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-05 06:38
The United States intends to launch further strikes at Iran-backed groups in the Middle East, the White House national security adviser said on Sunday (4 February), after hitting Tehran-aligned factions in Iraq, Syria and Yemen over the last two days.
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EU urged to improve sorting of mixed household waste to boost recycling

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-05 06:30
In a rare show of unity, business and environmental groups have published a joint letter calling on EU policymakers to back mandatory sorting of mixed household waste, saying this is the only way to meet EU recycling goals and prevent the incineration of recyclable paper, metals and plastics.
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Czech FM urges EU to buy foreign ammunition for Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-05 06:30
In today’s edition of the Capitals, find out more about the minimum wage increase in Spain, Slovak farmers announcing that they are ready to join farmers protesting across the EU, and so much more.
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Borrell warns against defunding the UN Palestinian refugee agency

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-05 06:19
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned on Sunday (4 February) that moves to suspend the funding of UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA were extremely ill-advised.
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